Australia vs India: Michael Vaughan predicts the winner of Adelaide Test
Will his prediction come true?
Updated - Jan 7, 2019 2:05 pm
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan, on the eve of the third day of the first Test match between India and Australia, predicted the winner. The 44-year-old was asked by one of his Twitter followers about who would emerge victorious in the first test and his reply was a one-letter word that would delight the fans of the visitors.
India, at the end of play on Day 3, were 151 for the loss of 3 wickets with a firm lead of 166 runs. The visitors cashed in on the wickets in hand on Day 4 as they set Australia a tough target of 324. In pursuit of a chase that has never been achieved at the Adelaide Oval, Australia’s second innings didn’t turn out the way they anticipated it to be as they finished at 103 with their top four back in the hut at stumps on Sunday.
Good Evening India
Michael Vaughan never failed to wish the Indian fans ‘good evening’ whenever they were struggling against England in the recently concluded blockbuster Test series. The right-hander took a different route this time around as he strongly believed, at the end of Day 3, that the visitors were well and truly on top with a significant lead of more than 150 plus runs. Twitter follower of the former England captain asked him on the social media site on December 8, “Who do you think is going to win this test?” And Vaughan replied, “India.”
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 8, 2018
Although India’s lower order crumbled in the second innings on Day 4, enough damage had already been done, thanks to Pujara’s gritty 71 and Rahane’s rock-solid 70, which propelled the visitors to an astounding lead of 323. Given that Australia has already lost 4 wickets with a mountain of 219 more runs to climb, there is hardly any surprise in the former England captain inclining towards Team India for the win.
For all that has been said, not all doors are closed for the hosts yet as their frontline spinner Nathan Lyon spoke to the media on Sunday evening and expressed his belief that Australia can still turn things around. Lyon added that the first hour of play on Day 5 is crucial and the batsmen need to enjoy themselves without thinking too much about the end result and creating complications.
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~Written by Harikrishnan Sivakumar